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21485
Maine

Coastal Maine: Portland to Bar Harbor

Discover the colonial city of Portland, visit Acadia National Park and the renowned works of the Farnsworth Museum, and take a classic schooner sail along the shores of Maine.
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Program No. 21485RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,999
Maine

Coastal Maine: Portland to Bar Harbor

Discover the colonial city of Portland, visit Acadia National Park and the renowned works of the Farnsworth Museum, and take a classic schooner sail along the shores of Maine.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,999
Program No. 21485 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Aug 21 - Aug 27, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

On this date the program will be staying at the Westin Portland Harborview while in Portland Maine.

Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
2,199
Oct 16 - Oct 22, 2021
Starting at
1,999
Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
2,099
Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Oct 8 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
2,299
Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
1,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2021
Starting at
2,849
Aug 21 - Aug 27, 2021
Starting at
2,849
Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Itinerary Note

On this date the program will be staying at the Westin Portland Harborview while in Portland Maine.

Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
2,849
Oct 16 - Oct 22, 2021
Starting at
2,579
Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2022
Starting at
2,699
Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
2,899
Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Oct 8 - Oct 14, 2022
Starting at
2,999
Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
2,599

At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the local culture of picturesque seaside villages hidden amidst the rugged shorelines and ocean air of Maine. Journey through Portland’s cobblestone streets that lead you to the Old Port’s thriving foodie scene. Venture “Down East” and farther into towns exuding charm representative of the romance of Maine’s unspoiled beauty. Pass lighthouses, marvel at blue harbors and relax while the sun sets, eating a traditional lobster bake with your fellow adventurers.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles, sometimes on uneven terrain, such as dirt and cobblestones. Standing and sitting during lectures and field trips. Getting on and off motor coach.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience Acadia National Park’s sea cliffs with a naturalist and explore waterways on a nature cruise.
  • Voyage on a classic Maine schooner and learn about the region's shipbuilding and maritime prowess.
  • Explore the Farnsworth Museum, known for it’s trove of the Wyeth family’s artwork and other notable American masterpieces.

General Notes

This is a coaching program that travels to six Maine towns over seven days. We make every effort to allow time to explore each village and town we visit - however, please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place.
Featured Expert
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Seth Goldstein
Seth Goldstein grew up on Cape Cod where he developed a love for New England maritime history. He received his B.A. in history from The University of California at Santa Cruz and his master’s in world history from Northeastern University. He teaches history at Southern Maine Community College. Seth has also worked with Greater Portland Landmarks and The Portland Harbor Museum. He lives in South Portland with his wife and two daughters.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Seth Goldstein grew up on Cape Cod where he developed a love for New England maritime history. He received his B.A. in history from The University of California at Santa Cruz and his master’s in world history from Northeastern University. He teaches history at Southern Maine Community College. Seth has also worked with Greater Portland Landmarks and The Portland Harbor Museum. He lives in South Portland with his wife and two daughters.
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At the age of 12, Jim Sharpe — without his parent’s knowledge — pilfered the family skiff and sailed across Dredge Harbor, N.J. His love for sailing never dwindled, and over the years he made his way to Maine where he discovered the Windjammer fleet out of Camden. Upon retirement, he sailed around the world with his wife. In 2007, Jim purchased property in Rockland, Maine and began to create the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, along with a Children’s Museum and boat shop.
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Linda Mancini has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad. After 24 years of conducting programs to explore different cultures, her favorite program is always the next one. She has raised a family, nurtured her grandchildren, and has an interest in music, theatre, and dance.
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After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Nancy Coolidge attended the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in business administration and subsequently worked in a bank trust department. In 1979, she became a founding Trustee of the Lynch Foundation. She later moved to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA), where she served as staff director from 1983 to 1992. She has since led groups to maritime Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and Antarctica. She continues her work with the Lynch Foundation.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Moon Handbook Coastal Maine
by Hilary Nangle
A comprehensive, highly recommended guide to the places and pleasures of Coastal Maine, including highlights in and around Portland and Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park Map
by National Geographic Maps
A hiker's detailed topographic map of Acadia National Park, shown at a scale of 1:50,000, printed on tear-resistant, waterproof paper.
One Man's Meat
by E.B. White
By the author of "Charlotte's Web," a collection of observant and often humorous essays about daily life on a Maine saltwater farm. A wonderful portrait of coastal small-town life, originally published in 1938.
Empire Falls
by Richard Russo
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel lovingly set in a fictitious Maine mill town. Russo has composed an entertaining and poignant portrait of what lies beneath the facade of small-town New England life.
Down East, A Maritime History of Maine
by Lincoln Paine
Maine's maritime history, from the coastal travel of Native Americans to the Basque fishing industry to the pleasure boating of today, incorporating ecology, culture and art into its well-researched history.
With Reckless Abandon: Memoirs of a Boat Obsessed Life
by Jim Sharp
Jim Sharp, captain of Maine’s most famous windjammer, the schooner Adventure, recounts his adventures on both water and land (including details of the establishment of a most unusual restaurant) in this inspiring book.
The Country of the Pointed Firs and other Stories
by Sarah Orne Jewett
A much-loved novel, first published in 1896, set in a tiny fishing community along the coast of Maine. It evokes the leisurely summer atmosphere of 19th-century New England and especially the relationships among the townsfolk.
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7 days
6 nights
15 meals
6 B 5 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Portland, ME
D
Hyatt Place Portland - Old Port

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff. Don't forget your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Portland History, Old Port District, Trolley, Portland Light
Portland, ME
B,L
Hyatt Place Portland - Old Port

Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Walking up to 2 miles, approximately 1.5 hours and standing; some cobblestone streets, grass and packed dirt paths at lighthouse. Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes recommended.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will be joined by a local expert who will provide an overview of Portland’s history. Originally called Machigonne (Great Neck) by the Native Americans who first inhabited it, the Portland peninsula was established by the British in 1632 as a trading and fishing settlement. Industry grew and Portland’s waterfront became a hub of shipping and trading companies. At one time, Maine was at the center of global commerce as products from Maine were shipped around the world. The Phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes, aptly symbolizes Portland’s legendary rebirth after the Great Fire of 1866 leveled the city for the fourth time. Almost completely rebuilt during the Victorian era, Portland has maintained much of its 19th century architecture and flavor. Next, we’ll set out on a walking field trip to the historic waterfront known as the Old Port. Our local expert will discuss architecture and historic businesses related to the various maritime endeavors of historic Portland, the British raid during the American Revolution, and the 1855 Portland Rum Riot. We’ll end at the Maine State Pier and see port infrastructure.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the Old Port district along Portland Harbor.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our exploration aboard a classically-styled trolley with expert commentary. We’ll learn more about Portland’s diverse history and see some of its hidden gems. Towards the end of our trolley ride, we’ll stop on Cape Elizabeth at Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest lighthouse. There, we’ll spectacular views of Fort Williams Park while learning about this famous lighthouse. Returning to the hotel by trolley, the remainder of the afternoon and evening are free.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions from fresh seafood, farm to table, classic New England, and more.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to go out and explore more of this charming small city at your own pace, stroll down to the water and watch the boats venture in and out of the harbor, or simply relax. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
3
Maine Maritime Museum, Farnsworth Museum & Wyeth Center
Camden, ME
B,L,D
Lord Camden Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking and standing, approximately 1.5 hours in museum;

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel, board a motorcoach, and drive from Portland up Maine’s scenic coastline to Bath, renowned for shipbuilding since 1743. More than 5,000 vessels have been launched in this area that at one time had more than 200 shipbuilding firms. Then, in the company of an expert at the Maine Maritime Museum, we’ll learn how Bath became the nation’s fifth-largest seaport by the mid-19th century, producing clipper ships that sailed to ports around the world. We’ll also have some independent time in the museum to see what interests each of us most.

Lunch: At the Maine Maritime Museum, we’ll have box lunches.

Afternoon: Back aboard the motorcoach, our next field trip will take us to the Farnsworth Museum and Wyeth Center in Rockland. With more than 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 15,000 works in the collection the Farnsworth holds a nationally recognized collection of works from some of America’s greatest artists. The museum has one of the nation’s largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center features works by Andrew, N.C., and Jamie Wyeth. A docent will lead our exploration, consisting of several discrete components dedicated to collecting, research, exhibitions, and interpretive programs related to three generations of Wyeths in Maine: N.C., Andrew, and James. After the museum, we’ll continue north along the coast and arrive in the picturesque coastal community of Camden. We will go to the inn and check in with some time to freshen up and relax or explore independently before dinner.

Dinner: In a local restaurant.

Evening: Back at the hotel, we’ll gather for a presentation by a local expert to further our knowledge of mid-coast Maine.

DAY
4
Lobster Boat Study Cruise, Sail Power & Steam Museum
Camden, ME
B,L
Lord Camden Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles and standing. unpaved terrain, walking up a marine ramp with hand rails to wooden dock, steps up/down over gap to board boat. Boat has wooden benches; half of deck shaded. Warm attire recommended

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: We’ll board a lobster boat for a maritime field trip out of Camden Harbor to learn everything about lobster and more from a staff member. As we cruise through the harbor, we’ll see how traps are pulled in everyday by professionals and amateurs alike. Afterwards, we will board the motorcoach and continue onto lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Reboarding our motorcoach, we’ll ride to the Sail Power and Steam Museum in Rockland and hear sea stories, shanties, and heroics on the high seas with the curator, Captain Jim Sharp. Captain Jim will lead our exploration through the museum to learn about historically significant sail power and steam-driven vessels as well as their origins, construction, and more. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
Schooner Sail Penobscot Bay, Transfer to Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor, ME
B,L,D
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking on pavement to dock, up marine ramp with handrails to wooden dock, up/down steps and over gap to board schooner. Sail is weather-dependent, approximately 2.5 hours. Schooner has sails, wooden benches with cushions; single bathroom down steep flight of wooden steps. Soft-soled, non-marking shoes recommended.

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: With our bags packed, we’ll check out and ride up the coast. Arriving in picturesque Rockport harbor, we’ll board a family-built, owned, and operated schooner for a sail. The captain will regale us with stories while pointing out the varied wildlife, lobster pots and lighthouses. We’ll also learn why the lobster fishing industry is so important to Maine’s economy and “sense of place.”

Lunch: Aboard the schooner.

Afternoon: Leaving Mid-Coast Maine, we’ll head “Down East” to Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park. En route, we’ll visit the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory. The observatory affords 360-degree views of the Penobscot River and Bay, the countryside, and distant mountains from the tallest bridge observatory in the world! We’ll then proceed to Bar Harbor and check in to our hotel before heading to dinner.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Bar Harbor.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Acadia National Park By Land & Sea
Bar Harbor, ME
B,L,D
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Getting on/off a vessel using ramps and/or stairs. Walking on uneven terrain. Schedule and nature study cruise, approximately 2 hours, weather dependent. Boat has two levels; one is covered. Participants encouraged to bring National Park Passes.

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: Please bring your National Park Pass if you have one. We’ll begin our exploration of Acadia National Park with a scenic drive up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern seaboard, with commentary by our Group Leader as well as photo opportunities. When the serpentine summit road was built in the 1930s, it was considered the best-engineered mountain road in the world.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll explore the park by sea on an Acadia nature study cruise. On the 2-hour, fully-narrated field trip of Frenchman Bay, take in the breathtaking scenery of coastal Maine, Acadia National Park, the islands of Frenchman Bay, and the shoreline of Bar Harbor. We’ll see parts of the island only visible by water including summer mansions, Egg Rock Lighthouse, and wildlife that may be present.

Dinner: At the hotel, share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell lobster dinner.

Evening: We’ll have a wrap-up and review of our program. Prepare for check-out and transfer back to Portland in the morning.

DAY
7
Transfer to Portland, Program Concludes
Bar Harbor, ME
B

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; departure at 8:30 a.m.; hotel check-out 11:00 a.m. Trip to Portland International Jetport is 170 miles, approximately 4 hours depending on traffic; expected arrival approximately 12:30 p.m., following by drop-offs at Portland Transportation Center (train station) and Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port (first hotel). Recommend scheduling flights that depart after 2:30 p.m.

Breakfast: At the Inn.

Morning: Travelling in and out of Bar Harbor without your own vehicle is difficult and time consuming, so we have scheduled a group transfer back to Portland. Departure from Bar Harbor is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. The trip to Portland International Jetport is approximately 4 hours, with expected arrival by 12:30 p.m. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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